Local 983 Loses CSA in
Car Accident

Local 983 regrets to inform the membership of the death of our member Rhonda Coaxum, a year-round CSA who was involved in a tragic car accident Feb. 25, on the Cross Bronx Expressway. Rhonda was just 33 years old and the mother of two children, a son and a daughter. She also had custody of a nephew. Upon being notified of the accident, Local 983 was in touch with DC 37’s PSU to arrange for counseling services at Mullaly Park in the Bronx for members who knew and worked with Rhonda. “We are deeply saddened by this loss and the tragic consequences this will have on her children and family,” said President Joe Puleo.

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"Mayor Adams’ decision to eliminate a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for those in professional sports and the entertainment industry but maintain the requirement for municipal employees discriminates against the more than 1,400 municipal workers who were terminated for not being vaccinated. There should not be a re-entry system for the elite and no system for the City workers who risked their health to provide essential services over the last two years. I have requested that the City work with the MLC to design a fair-to-all re-entry system."

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Local 983 is participating in the Parks Play Fair Rally on Tuesday, March 22 at 9 a.m. at City Hall and is asking members to join in solidarity.

DC 37, the Play Fair Coalition, NYC Council Parks Chair Shekar Krishnan and hundreds of advocates will join the first for jobs and funding for New York City parks. It's time to hold government leaders accountable and protect NYC Parks' funding by demanding that 1% of the City budget be allocated for Parks.

"We demand that NYC Parks Department jobs that belong to our members such as PEP Officers and Urban Park Rangers, be baselined and included in the annual budget for the Parks Department," said Local 983 President Joe Puleo. "We are asking all our members, especially those in Park, to come out and show support at this rally."

We must stop the $60 million cut in Mayor Eric Adams' preliminary budget.

If you cannot attend the rally, be sure to watch the virtual NYC Council Parks Virtual Budget Hearing on March 22 from 10 a.m. - Noon. The more members who watch, the stronger our Local 983 presence will be. You can view the hearing by going to https://council.nyc.gov/livestream/ and clicking Virtual Room 2.

The City of New York on Friday, March 5, 2022, filed an appeal of Justice Frank’s ruling that allowed the Medicare Advantage Plus Plan to go forward, but required the City to provide Senior Care without any cost to retirees. Given the uncertainty caused by the Court’s ruling, the decision has been made that the Medicare Advantage Plus Plan will not commence on April 1, 2022. All retirees will remain in their current plans under current circumstances for the time being.

Attorneys for the City, MLC and Alliance are considering the next steps to be taken.

The City Office of Labor Relations has posted the following notice on its website: “The NYC Medicare Advantage Plus Plan is not being implemented on April 1, 2022. Retirees do not need to opt out of the Medicare Advantage Program in order to remain in Senior Care or their current plan on April 1. All retirees will remain in their current plans until further notice. We will post updates for retirees as we have more information. For additional information, you can call the special Alliance call center at 1-833-325-1190, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m."

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Local 983 is participating in the Parks Play Fair Rally on Tuesday, March 22 at 9 a.m. at City Hall and is asking members to join in solidarity.

DC 37, the Play Fair Coalition, NYC Council Parks Chair Shekar Krishnan and hundreds of advocates will join the first for jobs and funding for New York City parks. It's time to hold government leaders accountable and protect NYC Parks' funding by demanding that 1% of the City budget be allocated for Parks.

"We demand that NYC Parks Department jobs that belong to our members such as PEP Officers and Urban Park Rangers, be baselined and included in the annual budget for the Parks Department," said Local 983 President Joe Puleo. "We are asking all our members, especially those in Park, to come out and show support at this rally."

We must stop the $60 million cut in Mayor Eric Adams' preliminary budget.

If you cannot attend the rally, be sure to watch the virtual NYC Council Parks Virtual Budget Hearing on March 22 from 10 a.m. - Noon. The more members who watch, the stronger our Local 983 presence will be. You can view the hearing by going to https://council.nyc.gov/livestream/ and clicking Virtual Room 2.

President Joe Puleo and First Vice President Marvin Robbins met with NYPD Deputy Inspector Richard P. Avignone for the traffic division and Traffic Division Franklyn Sepulveda to talk about a process for handling worksite issues. It was decided that the NYPD will be implementing monthly meetings with Local 983, Shop Stewards, and Traffic Managers to discuss problems before they become grievances and find a solution before the Union puts stories into the media. “The main objective is to make sure our members have the safest work environment possible and if these monthly meetings address the problems at hand, then we are good with not releasing stories to the public,” Robbins said. “The meeting was positive and productive.”

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